With many seeing this as OKC’s year for the championship, the second favourites aren’t doing themselves any harm with a 5-3 record. Kevin Durant is streets ahead in the player rankings, averaging an astonishing 29.3 points per game and doesn’t look like slowing down.
Durant is the form man this season and has regularly made over 50 points for his team. His stand-out performance came at the beginning of the campaign. Looking like he was in mid-season form, the Durantula scored 42 points, 15 of which coming in the final quarter as they got their season off to a juggernaut start, which has failed to slow down.
Despite a minor blip in the last two games, defeated by the Warriors and Clippers, City Thunder have seen off Washington, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix in the last few weeks and will look to continue their run before they face the Spurs in a crucial game on November 27. With both the Spurs and OKC looking strong this season, it could prove to be the first advantage for one of the two, who are almost guaranteed to be in the top eight come April.
After a down-to-the-wire game against the Warriors, which saw them run out 115-116 losers, despite a strong final quarter, they will be hoping the defeat won’t affect their trip to Milwaukee who are struggling with a record of 2-5.
The Bucks have had a somewhat low key start to their campaign. Losing four in six, they have struggled to convert points, with OJ Mayo the only player with a respectable ppg average and are unlikely to cause any threat this season. They have been on the losing end to Orlando, Miami and Dallas in the last week and face an uphill battle against the unbeaten Pacers, who look almost certain to go 9-0 on Friday night.
Likely to be given the runaround, it could be a tired Bucks that turn up to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, and for those interested in betting on the NBA, you might not go far wrong on an imperious Durant scoring 25 plus.
What isn’t helped is the troubles off the court. Following a bust up in a nightclub, Bucks star man Larry Sanders is out for approximately six weeks with a thumb injury. The Center has the highest blocks per game average for his side, making it unlikely the Wisconsin team will be able to muster anything against OKC.